Friday, January 25, 2013

THE KINDNESS OF STRANGERS


Each young woman who is deeply in love with her soul mate has one Big Dream: sharing her life, her plans and her family with the man she wants to grow old with. Sandra couldn't. This young, lovely woman with the sweetest smile, this wife, mother, friend and artist I deeply admire (she has been one of my Artist Interviews) has recently lost her soul mate, the love of her life, her husband, best friend and father to their 5-year-old boy to cancer. 


Duarte was only 40 years young when cancer ripped him out from Sandra's and their little son's life after a short battle against the disease. Just before Christmas. Dreams broken. A young mother left with the greatest grief imaginable (if ever we can imagine it), devastated emotionally, and left with a small son and without a fixed income. In the darkest moment of grief, Sandra has to face the enormous burden of being without the financial means to ensure her and her little boy an income. Sandra is a wonderful ceramic artist, and her only source of income is her Etsy shop Azulado. Portugal, a country going through a deep financial crisis, isn't able to grant a young widow financial support. At least not yet, not now, not in this very moment of desperate need. 


Sandra is a member of a wonderful Team on Etsy, the European Street Team. This wonderful Team has joined hands to support Sandra in this moment of desperate need, which we cannot even imagine in its sheer cruelty. Over 50 of Sandra's team mates have donated their handmade work, which is going for the prizes you can win in a raffle organized by the Team. Each ticket in this raffle costs only 5$ (about 4€)! The more tickets are sold, the more financial support will go to Sandra and her little son! Each and every penny from the sale of the tickets will go to Sandra and her little son. Other ways to join this wonderful act of kindness are buying a piece of handmade ceramic art from Sandra's shop Azulado, or sharing this initiative on any social network or your blog. Please read the details hereWe cannot take away Sandra's pain, but we can take away some of her worries, helping her out in these first terrible moments. You can read Sandra's moving words on her blog, where she shares her pain and the inner joy the love she is feeling from her unknown friends is bringing into her heart, giving her new hope and light in these dark moments.

My heartfelt thanks to the Etsy European Street Team for this amazing initiative of love and support (I am very proud to be a part of this great Team!), and to all of you who can contribute. THANK YOU.

14 comments:

Christa Mavropoulou said...

hallo Annuk
Na dann schreiben wir uns in Deutsch-)))
erst mal willkommen,und danke schön.Es freut mich immer wenn was neues auftritt.Ja,in De geboren,aufgewachsen,und da mein Vater Grieche ist,sind wir hierher gezogen.Schön das Du Griechisch lernst,ist nicht sooooooooooo schwer..hihi
Ich komme wieder-)))
Also,bis dann,
kussi
Christa
filakia-)

{Marianna} said...

Great cause, I will join! Thanks for the notification!...

Annuk said...

Hallo Christa! :)
Na klar, wir schreiben uns auf Deutsch! Es freut mich sehr, Dich hier zu haben, und freue mich sehr über Deinen Besuch! Es ist nett, mit einer anderen Zweisprachigen Kontakt zu haben! Alles Liebe!
Filakia!!!

Annuk said...

Thank you Marianna! :)

Dawn of LaTouchables said...

I just love Sandra. This was a beautiful post, Anna. Thank you for reminding me to see what I can do.

DIMI said...

Hallo Annuk mou,i feel sorry for your friend Sandra and her son,i lost my mother nine months ago from cancer and i know tha battle she gave ,i hope God will give your friend strength to keep on going.
Dimi..

Annuk said...

Thank you Dawn!
I just love Sandra too, and I do hope she can find the inner strength to go on for her son...
xoxo

Thank you Dimi!
I am so sorry to hear about your mother... Thank you for your beautiful words! Love to you!!!

syros2js said...

I believe that some things in life happen for a reason... But in situations as the above, I simply believe that it is not fair...
I am so sorry for your friend...
Words cannot describe my feelings...
Lots of love, sweetheart...

Annuk said...

Thank you for your heartfelt words, Joanna! Polla filia!

Juanita said...

I am familiar with Azulado the shop very well from the unique ceramics that stand out, whenever I had the chance to participate in European Street Team treasuries. What I did not know is the background story to it. Thanks for sharing.

Hanne Bente said...

Hello Anna. Oh, how sad, have no words.
Hope the best for Sandra and her little boy. Wishing you and Zoe a good weekend :) Hugs Hanne Bente

Annuk said...

Thank you Juanita!

Hello Hanne Bente, and thank you for your words! It is indeed a very sad story...
Have a lovely weekend, my friend! :)
Hugs

Missus D said...

So proud that the European Street Team is joining forces! Hopefully Sandra can be encourage and find strength from the EST to keep moving on and turn her pain into beauty.

Annuk said...

Thank you for your beautiful comment!

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